Articles by Mica Rosenberg, Kristina Cooke and Christopher Walljasper, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

Coronavirus Spreading Among U.S. Fruit, Vegetable Packers Raising Concern

From apple packing houses in Washington state to farm workers in Florida and a California county known as “the world’s salad bowl,” outbreaks of the novel coronavirus are emerging at U.S. fruit and vegetable farms and packing plants. A rising …

Thousands of Harvey Victims Rescued; At Least 38 Deaths; Damage Survey Begins

Soldiers and police in helicopters and high-water trucks rescued thousands of Texans stranded by floodwater from Hurricane Harvey on Thursday, which has killed dozens of people and displaced more than a million others as it drenches the Gulf Coast. Some …

Condé Nast Agrees to $5.8M Settlement in Class-Action Suit Over Intern Pay

Condé Nast agreed on Thursday to pay $5.8 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by thousands of former interns at the publisher who said they were underpaid for work at the company’s high-end magazines. The settlement agreement, filed in …

EEOC Challenges Employee Wellness Penalties in Suit Against Honeywell

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued Honeywell International Inc. to stop the company from imposing penalties on employees who refuse to undergo testing under its corporate wellness program. The lawsuit is the third case since August filed by …

EEOC Suits Against Employers Allege Transgender Bias

A funeral home and an eye clinic that fired employees who had changed their sex from male to female were sued last week as the U.S. government filed its first-ever federal lawsuits for transgender discrimination. The cases could lay the …

Republicans Question Labor Board on McDonald’s Franchise Liability Case

Two Republican lawmakers on Wednesday asked a U.S. labor agency for more information about a recent finding that fast-food chain McDonald’s Corp. could be held liable for the labor practices of franchisees, a view that has alarmed many businesses. The …

North Carolina Senate Votes to Make Disclosure of Fracking Chemicals Illegal

The North Carolina Senate on Thursday voted to make it a crime to disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, even as big U.S. oil companies elsewhere consider releasing more information about the fluids to address public concerns …

Insurer’s Climate Change Class Actions: More to Come?

A major insurance company is accusing dozens of localities in Illinois of failing to prepare for severe rains and flooding in lawsuits that are the first in what could be a wave of litigation over who should be liable for …

North Carolina Seeks to Halt Duke Coal Ash Settlement After Spill

North Carolina has asked a state judge to put a controversial settlement deal with U.S. power company Duke Energy over pollution on hold after a massive coal ash spill into a local river raised fresh concerns about water safety. Last …

Why BP May Regret Aggressively Challenging Oil Settlement Payments

A year after agreeing to a multi-billion dollar settlement with victims of the 2010 Gulf oil spill, BP is aggressively challenging terms of the deal in a legal strategy that could backfire with the judge who will rule on the …